Frankel and Caviar sidestep Ascot clash

Frankel and Black Caviar both have Royal Ascot on their agenda. But the long hoped for clash between the two won’t be taking place there, as the two horses have been entered for different races.

Nick Smith, head of public relations for the course confirmed that they would not be lining up alongside each other in the Queen Anne Stakes on the opening day of the meeting, just nine weeks today. Whilst Frankel is entered in this race, Black Caviar is down for the shorter races of the King’s Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Smith said, “Black Caviar is in both sprint races and not the Queen Anne. Running over a mile is a long way from her connections’ priority list at the moment.”

Whilst this will be a disappointment for many racing fans, there are plenty of overseas horses already earmarked for the Royal meeting, even before entries for the seven Group 1 races close today. Black Caviar’s stablemate King’s Rose is en route to Hong Kong for the Champions Mile at Sha Tin early next month. A satisfactory performance there will make him a likely rival for Frankel if Sir Henry Cecil’s horse goes in the Queen Anne.

The King’s Stand Stakes has proved something of a bonanza for Australian trained horses in the last few years, with Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast winning for Lee Freedman and Daniel Morton respectively. And there are plenty ready to have a shot this year, with Paul Messara’s Ortensia aiming to show her win at the Dubai World Cup was no flash in the pan. She is also entered in both sprints, with fellow raider Foxwedge, trained by John O’Shea.

Smith also anticipated horses from America, Hong King, Japan would be coming to Britain, along with a first entry from Bahrain, the Golden Shaheen winner Krypton Factor.\

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